The Jonah Complex: Embracing the Sacred in a Shame-based World
The Biblical story popularly known as “Jonah and the Whale” has been loved across generations, cultures and religious traditions for many centuries Even today we identify with this reluctant prophet and his struggle to embrace his divine calling. The message which he does not want to deliver requires him to be himself, speak his truth and become visible to the world.

We are like Jonah, wanting to be ourselves and yet we also run from our divine calling due to shame. Our journey towards the Beloved requires that we also be swallowed by a whale that transports us to our destiny.

In this workshop we will:

Explore the major theme in the book of Jonah, focusing on the relationship between shame, spirituality and personal transformation.

Examine the psychological and spiritual dynamics of the Jonah Complex.

Draw parallels between Jonah’s dilemma and our own stories of shame. We will look at the effects of unhealed shame in a world deeply divided by religious ideologies.


Peter H. Coster, PhD, MDiv, MFT

Founder and Director of the Center for Psychotherapy, Spirituality and Creativity, Peter is a workshop leader, teacher and clinical supervisor. He is an adjunct faculty member at John F. Kennedy University, New College Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Berkeley and San Rafael.

TIME: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM





REGISTRATION: 510-548-1713

The Spiritual Pychodynamics of the Enneagram: The Inner Path

The Enneagram is a powerful and affective tool for developing self awareness and understanding, promoting personal growth and spiritual development. But how can this knowledge be applied psychotherapeutically in the clinical setting?

This advanced training seminar will present an overview of the Enneagram as a complete system consisting of a metaphysical map along with the specific psychodynamics for each of the nine fixations

The objectives for this course are to:

Develop an appreciation of the Enneagram as a complete system.
Understand the relationship between each of the nine fixations (vices) and the corresponding Holy Ideas.
Learn how to use the Enneagram as a tool for diagnosis and assessment in treatment.
Begin to apply the spiritual psychodynamics of the Enneagram to specific clinical Situations.

Date: Professional Day To Be Announced

Time: TBA.

Cost: 6 CUE’S. $ 90 ( LUNCH INCLUDED)

Where: TBA.

Who should attend: Psychologists, psychotherapists, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, spiritual directors, nurses, social workers, life coaches.

Prerequisites: A basic knowledge of the Enneagram.

Recommended reading: A.H. Almass, Facets of Unity. Riso & Hudson, The Wisdom of the Enneagram.

For more information or registration call 510-548-1713.